By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News)–Taiwan’s Council of Grand Justices (大法官) will announce
the ruling on a case concerning same-sex marriage on May 24, which experts said is expected to have deep ramifications on the development of same-sex marriage in Taiwan.
The case arose from gay rights advocate Chi Chia-wei’s (祁家威) being turned down while applying for marriage registration with his male partner at the Household Registration Office in Wanhua District, Taipei City. An administrative lawsuit ensued, but the administrative court ruled against Chi.
Chi thought the section of Taiwan’s Civil Code defining marriage as an agreement made by the “male and the female parties” has stripped same-sex couples of their right to marriage and therefore is unconstitutional. [FULL STORY]